Friday, November 30, 2012

Rhinestone Snowflakes!

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

I've always loved Penny Black stamps and I remember them back when I first started stamping, that would be about 1992??  A long time ago!!  It is a hobby for me, and I love it!!

How cute is this image??  It's called Polar Mimi.  The polar bear is adorable (I love bears) and Mimi is such a cutie, I think of my grand-daughter Ella.

All the rhinestones are snow drops, Mimi is paper pieced and the polar bear has been generously glittered!!

The colors I used are Primrose Petals, Whisper White and Gumball Green.  The decorator paper is from October Afternoon (LOVE it!).

And you'll notice the card it shaped, I used nesting dies from Lifestyle Crafts, called Nesting Pinking Squares Dies, kind of a different look.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Have a fabulous Friday!!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Postage Stars..

Hi and Good Morning to you, today I have a quick post!!  The star stamps are from Papertrey Ink, and the stamp set is called Layered Postmarks.

I'm loving these colors together, Very Vanilla, Real Red and Pool Party.

Ummmm, yeah, glitter ALL over those stars!!

Thank you for stopping by today, wishes to you for a fabulous day!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holly Jolly!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I have been pinning like crazy, check out my pins here!
I tell ya, I get started on Pinterest, and it's hard to stop!!  It's kind of like going to the candy store, but no calories!!  Lately, I've been pinning lots of Christmas ideas!  I must give you this warning - Pinterest is HIGHLY addictive - my name is Kristy and I AM a PIN-AHOLIC.  :-0

That's my little talk about PINTEREST - I love it, yes, I do waste time - no it's not a waste of time if you enjoy it!  On to the card!!  This stamp set is from Papertrey Ink and it's called Holiday Button Bits.

I used this same stamp set the other day for the Gingerbread Man card.

The label set is also from Papertrey Ink and it is called Framed Out #8 Mini stamp set.  Oh and both stamp sets have matching dies - so no scissors - LOVE THAT!

I love the traditional red and green on this card, there is also a shade of pink in the patterned paper, and it just fits right in!  The idea of the Button Bits stamp set is - it leaves a space or two for buttons!  And who doesn't love buttons!?

And here is the inside of the card, a warm winter sentiment!  
Enjoy your day today!!


Monday, November 26, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room - Guest Designer

Today I am a Guest Designer for The Shabby Tea Room.   I am a past winner for  Week 130, and won the opportunity to be a guest designer!!  This is exciting for me, since I'm relatively new to the blogging world!!  Hey, it's the little things in life sometimes that put the smiles on our faces :-)

This card is for Week 142, "Just Neutrals" - create a card or project inspired by the attached photo using JUST NEUTRALS, RIBBON and A SENTIMENT.

Here is the photo for the colors:

And here is the card I created:

It's so fun doing these challenges, and if you want to see some beautiful cards, go check out this challenge at The Shabby Tea Room, you won't be disappointed!

With the focus on keeping it "neutral" I used Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand for my colors.  

The stamp set and dies I used are from Papertrey Ink and they're called Layered Postmarks - Holiday.

I used some cream colored burlap as the hill that the trees are growing on, and some neutral ribbons and lace for the tops of the trees!  The sentiment is a little banner on linen thread, and there are stars in the sky, and glitter has been sprinkled on the trees.  

I kept the inside of the card neutral also, and carried the "shabby" theme through-out!  It's a totally shabby, vintage looking card, and I had a lot of fun on this challenge!!

Thank you for stopping by, and I tell ya, you will NOT be disappointed if you check out the cards at The Shabby Tea Room.

Have a fantastic day today!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Don't Forget the Gingerbread Man!!

Oh I just had to do this Shabby Tea Room challenge, so two cards today!
Here is the inspiration picture:

And the TIC-TAC-TOE chart:

The three-in-a-row I used are the buttons, pearls/gems and mini tag.  The gems are the eyes, I used some little black rhinestones.  The buttons are obvious :-) and the mini tag says "merry", and for back-up there's a mini hunter green tag, and a mini red tag.

This stamp set is called Holiday Button Bits and it's from Papertrey Ink.

I went with the darker colors in the inspiration photo, the dark brown (wood look paper), Hunter Green, Real Red and Crumb Cake.

The wood look paper really gives it a rustic look!  (Can gingerbread men be rustic?  This guy can!)

 And the inside sentiment is "merry and bright", perfect for the holidays!

Thank you for stopping by today AND please stop by again tomorrow, MONDAY, where I am a Guest Designer for The Shabby Tea Room!  My first time as a Guest Designer - and yes, I am excited!

I hope you enjoyed this card!  Have a fantastic Sunday!!


Cover Art Inspiration...

Greetings!  Today I created a card for the Cover Art Inspiration Challenge put on by Papertrey Ink's {Capture the Moment} blog.  The challenge is to select one of these book covers, and use it as inspiration to create a really unique project.
I chose the Great Expectations cover, and was inspired by the colors of the cover.  I used the black and gray hues as my main colors, and added that little touch of pink, incorporating it into a Christmas card using Papertrey Ink's Winter Hills Stamp Set.

The colors used are Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Pixie Pink!

The colors give you a "trendy" look, a bit on the modern side for Christmas.

Also inspired by the cover is the "block" design, the letters on the cover stand out, they're in blocks, and I tried to keep that pattern on my card.  And I just love that little snowman stamp :-) 

It's fun to take the colors from a magazine layout, or fabric, or wrapping paper and then use them in a card.  I LOVE the gift wrap section at Target, and will often snap a picture of one of their gift bags for the color combo (photo serves as memory!).  The colors (at Target) are usually trendy and make a great handmade card!!

I continued the blocky look for the sentiment inside using Papertrey Ink's Happiest of Holidays stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by today, maybe you've found some ideas on where to get crafty designs from!!
Have a lovely Sunday!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who stop by my blog!  I so appreciate those of you who take the time to check out my passion for card making!!

I am so thankful for my family and friends - and thankful for all that our creator, God, has blessed us with.  I love the beauty found in nature....

And today I have an "apple" card!  I got this apple paper in one of the 6 x 6 paper booklets and fell in love with it!!

Ahhhhh and the stamp set is again from WPlus9 and it's called Pretty Patches- Apple.  How cute are these sets?  The apple, the pumpkin and the Christmas tree, with the heart in the middle.  I just love them!!

The sentiment on the outside of the card is "So very thankful".

The colors used are Poppy Parade (LOVE this color but it's retired), Lucky Limeade and Basic Black.

I added the black polka dot ribbon for a bit of embellishment!

And the inside of the card, "A thankful heart is a happy heart", and yes my heart is happy.  

Thank you for stopping by today, and my wish is for you to have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

May the Spirit of Christmas...

Hello Stampers and Crafters (and everyone else)!
Happy Tuesday to you and here is my Merry Monday card on Tuesday!  It's once again the WPlus9 stamp set - Pretty Patches: Tree.  I love these trees, last Monday's card also had these trees with hearts on it!

The colors used are Pretty in Pink, Gumball Green, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler.

I embellished with some Christmas Green "wrinkled" seam binding, and some rhinestones in the center of the hearts.

I'm seeing a bit more pink in Christmas decorations, and I'm kinda likin' it!!  

And as usual, I layered, layered and layered again!

Here is the inside of the card, the sentiment is from the same stamp set.  Easy peasy Christmas card, and cute to boot!!

And every time I post one of these Christmas cards, it reminds me that I still have not made my Christmas cards to send out!!  Hopefully I will get some done - and I did start shopping today!!

Thank you for stopping by today, and have a fantastic day!!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Let Us Give Thanks!

Thank you for stopping by today!
I have a Thanksgiving card to share with you!  The Christmas theme will be going full steam ahead after Turkey Day, so I have to get some more pumpkins in before then!

Card sketches are a great way to get your creativity going, they give you the layout, you choose your theme and colors!  The card sketch I did this is Mojo Monday #267 - I think I'll be doing this every week!

Here's the sketch:
And here's what I came up with:

So I got my pumpkins in, and created a nice Thanksgiving card.   The stamp set I used is the WPlus9 Pretty Patches - Pumpkin.  The Pretty Patches also has a matching die set for these stamps!  Cute, cute set!!

The color combo is a little bit different for me, but they do "fall" into the autumn category!  :-)    The colors used are Summer Starfruit, Apricot Appeal (retired), Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip.

I sprinkled a little bit of glitter on the hearts, just a little, and tied a bow using wrinkled ribbon (seam binding).

Annnnnd as you can see, I layered, layered and layered again.

Here is the sentiment on the inside of the card!!

Have a great day today, one more day till FRIDAY!!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Cupcake Garland!!

Hi and Happy Wednesday!

Half way thru the week - yeehaw!  Oh and I had mentioned I was going to see "Skyfall" the new James Bond movie!  I did see it last Friday, and like everyone is saying, I think it was the best yet!  LOVED IT!!

OK back to card making!!  I seem to be hooked on "Peace, Love & Cupcakes" and garland!  I love making these detailed little garlands!

Today I have more from Taylored Expressions.  The little cupcakes are from the Home Sweet Home stamp set, and the "Peace, Love & Cupcakes" sentiment is from the Seasons Sweetings stamp set.

I embellished the card with a little bit of green ric rac - and the holly berries in the corners, well, the holly berries are holding up the garland!  

The colors used are River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Real Red and Whisper White.

And here's the sentiment on the inside of the card! 

Well thank you for stopping by today!  I do have more cupcake cards, but I may squeeze a Thanksgiving card in, and a pumpkin or two!!